Cinemas in the UK closed their doors in March this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although it has been an extremely difficult time for everyone around the world, quarantine might be about to loosen its grip on communities. The British government recently announced plans to ease lockdown in four stages, this included the reopening of theatres and cinemas.
We know that the film industry pretty much went dark in terms of theatrical releases and production when the virus hit, however, the studios remained optimistic of their slot in cinemas for their biggest movie hits for 2020.
There has been a lot of speculation about not only when, but if, Christopher Nolan’s next big feature Tenet will actually be released in cinemas this year. There was never any question about whether or not it will be shown on the big screen, this is something Nolan has been absolutely adamant about from the beginning, but it has crossed the minds of many movie fans that it might, in fact, be further delayed.
So, what makes Tenet so special?
This is Nolan’s first studio film since his World War Two project Dunkirk. Tenet features a top cast including; John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Michael Caine. In terms of the actual story, the script and plot have been kept under wraps. However, we do know that the film centres around a secret service agent fighting to prevent World War Three. There is but one twist, the agent is armed only with one word: Tenet, and must travel through what looks like a multiverse of worlds to solve the mystery and prevent the world from falling into complete chaos.
This all sounds most intriguing, but an exciting new movie may not be enough to lure people back into cinemas – well not in the UK anyway. According to a recent survey conducted by the Independent Cinema Office (ICO) in the UK, only one in five people said that they would happily attend once they are reopened. This is on the pretence that strict procedures are put in place to keep people safe such as thorough cleaning and social distancing measures. Albeit, audiences may not accept these implementations and stay at home regardless.
It is still not absolutely certain whether or not cinemas will reopen in July in time for Tenet, I guess we will just have to watch and wait for direction.